A dear friend made the statement to me once, “It’s hard to write a check just because you’re talented.”
I’ve thought long and hard about this statement through the years. In one sense, I understand what he meant. It IS hard to dole out dollars to “starving artists” who are trying to live from the proceeds of their music making, dancing, painting, or writing. I’ve come to see, however, that there are two important distinctions between supporting our ministry and just “paying for art.”
First, we are all about ministry. That’s what we do – we encourage, build up, bring hope, pray, and lead people into a greater sense of the presence of God through our efforts. This is no small thing. I can’t escape the sense that God has called me to this lifelong pursuit as opposed to trying to be in music business for my own gain, per se.
Second, Biblical ministries have always been supported from outside themselves. This is seen both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The ongoing ministry of the Jewish temple was supported by the people. The priests were responsible for ministering to God and serving the people, but this effort was funded by the worshipers. Jesus Himself was supported by His followers once He left Joseph’s carpenter shop. Remember – Judas had control of the ministry accounts! Later, the Apostle Paul would state in several passages that he was dependent upon the gifts and generosity of the Asian churches. In this light, I feel that we’re in great company to ask you to do whatever you can to help.
With that in mind, just follow this link to our parent ministry https://actinternational.org/donate.aspx Artists in Christian Testimony International, scroll through the list of ministry “departments” they work with to “Imago Christi International/John Chisum” to make your contribution.
Please remember that we are dependent upon and very grateful for your giving!
You will receive a year-end giving statement from us (A.C.T.I.) in a timely manner.